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Eddie Howe - Leicester have great strength with their pace and match winners

Posted: Thu 18 May 2017
Author: afcb.co.uk

AFC Bournemouth manager knows finishing the season with a positive result at the champions won't be easy

Bournemouth head to 2015/16 champions Leicester City on Sunday as they bring the curtain down on a very successful second Premier League season.

Eddie Howe spoke about the final match and looked back on the season in his pre-match press conference.

The Foxes still have a game to go - at home to Tottenham on Thursday evening - with Howe unsure how many changes Craig Shakespeare will make or how it will effect the squad for the weekend. 

"It might mean they make changes tonight or for Sunday," he commented. "They may see it as a chance to see some of the squad players, I don't know.

"I don't think it has much of an effect on Sunday, every game we play in is tough."

Asked of the developments made by the Foxes since the departure of title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri and onto Shakespeare, Howe feels the alterations have been moderate.

"Tactically I don't think they are too different," said the Cherries boss. "Their strengths are obvious ones; the way they counter, the pace and the potential match winners they have.

"Stopping them last season was incredibly difficult so if they're at the top of their game it will be a very tough test."

Sitting on 45 points with a game left to play, three points ahead of last season's finishing total, Howe reflected on the nearly-finished campaign.

He said: "It's been a good season to this point and we want to finish on a high if we can. The players haven't switched off and with our good late form, it's been a very successful season.

"The first year was tough, everything we expected it to be, we thought the second would be harder and that has been the case. We've managed to control the pitfalls and the players deserve a lot of credit for not letting their work rate and focus slip.

"There have been several moments to look back on. The Liverpool games, home and away, were obviously big ones as well as drawing with Tottenham and beating Everton here at Vitality Stadium.

"The draw at Old Trafford especially in the circumstances was also a heroic effort from the players."